The use of flaxseed gel is buzzing in the Natural Hair community. But what is it? Flaxseed, native to the Eastern region of the Mediterranean as well as to India, may be consumed in either pill or raw form or used on the skin, hair or nails as a topical treatment in the form of oils, lotions or ointments.
While the fatty acids found in flaxseeds offer the greatest benefits to hair, skin and nails, they may also be found in other omega-3 and omega-6 rich food sources such as salmon or tuna. Now I have your attention because the word Omega has been buzzing in the Natural Hair community as well. A lack of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet may lead to weak and brittle hair. And we don’t want that.
Want to get really natural? I mean, in the kitchen mixing up your own products natural? Here’s an easy tutorial on just what to do:
Flaxseed Gel Recipe Video
Flaxseed Gel Recipe
What you need:
- 4 tablespoons of Brown Flaxseed
- 2 cups of Bottled or Distilled Water
- Essential Oils (use your favorites):
- 3-4 drops Sweet Orange
- 1 drop Ylang Ylang III
- 1 drop Tea Tree Oil
- 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- old knee-high, stocking or other fine strainer
Sweet Orange – Used for fragrance in this recipe. Sweet Orange Essential Oil is a great for healing scalps with bacterial infections and fungal infections, delays aging of the skin, improves skin texture and tone, heals acne, great for breaking up waxy sebum on the scalp, and balances an oily scalp. Sweet Orange Oil is known to help remove toxins from the skin and hair.
Ylang Ylang III - helps stimulates hair growth helps naturally condition the hair is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing (safe for all skin types) has a strong aroma and is often used as a natural fragrance for hair and skin products is soothing and has “stress relieving” properties works wonders for balancing oily or dry skin
Tea Tree - Tea Tree Essential Oil is distilled from the leaves of the Malaleuca Alternifola tree native to Australia. Tea tree is beneficial for healing all scalp conditions such as seborrhea dermatitis and dandruff, as well as skin blemishes and cold sores. Lice won’t stand a chance with Tea tree oil! tea tree oil is fantastic for encouraging new hair growth.
** Be careful with the amount of essential oils used as these are very concentrated and may provide a strong aroma.